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Island dispatch. (Grand Island, N.Y.) 1944-current, December 26, 2014, Image 5

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ElD).%I,/3.1./\_0J.1Ri;‘.I/.zs.1ll/«J Friday, December 26, 2014 |s|and D{i_$‘pa,tch One worelcl, one hope l.on¢er|:i'ness found in many of “One World, ‘One Hope.” That’s the mes- sage and theme for Grand I-s1anc1’s 13th an- nual Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society this year. Committee members of Relay For Life are already hard at Work for thisyears’ fundraiser, aimed at seeing a world without cancer. not something that can be done alone. It re- quires an army of friends, family and doctors. _ Cancer can occur to anyone, anywhere, at any time regardless of age, race or sex. It is appropriate this year, then, that We as :a com- mittee have chosen the 2015 theme to be “One World-, One Hope.” The American Can- those with continued from Page 4 any one column. Various researchers have found higher levels of loneliness, in particular, in children With learn- ing disabilities, people With physical disabilities, seniors with disabilities, children with intellectual disabilities, seniors with cerebral palsy, adoles- cents with developmental disabilities, boys with autism and in many other populations. dyslexia, severe arthritis, renal fail- ure, chronic illness, multiple sclero- sis, an amputation, schizophrenia, lupus, traumatic brain injury, deaf- ness, blindness; cerebral palsy, au- tism, Down\ syndrome, an intellectual disability, an ostomy, cleft lip or pal- ate, epilepsy, ‘glaucom-a,,spina bi paralysis, fe alcohol -‘syndrome, stroke, muscular dystrophy or hun- dreds of other disabling conditions or anyone with ‘a signi impaired ability to walk‘, talk, eat, sleep, drive or Work? The of Relay For Life Kickoff «Celebra- tion will be held at Veronica Connor Middle School’s cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14. This night will Wrap up the successful 20-14 “Rock Out Cancer” theme, which there was mue sic memorabilia everywhere and the park rocked the night away with 35 teams, over 100 survivors and over 1,000 attendees. ' The kickoff party-.W-ill also of kick off the “One World, One Hope” theme aimed cer Society reports that 20 countries each year hold a Relay event. “The World theme I think encompasses all. of our hopes; that cancer will be defeated and we Work not only as a community but as a world,” said Becky Somrner-Stufkosky, who returns for a third year as co-chair of the Grand Island Relay Committee. “For cancer isso big and spreads so far. Together through‘ our mission, we reach all lands.” So people with disabilities, in gen- eral, experience more loneliness than therest of the population, sometimes because of being less verbal or unable to physically get out to meet others or just plain due to having fewer social skills. at showcasing various cultures that make up our unique World. “ On May 30, 2015, Relay For Life will re- turn to Veterans Park once again to raise money for cancer research, prevention and awareness. Participants of all ages, cultures and backgrounds join together to spend the night Walking a 1:rack to wipe out cancer. Tak- ing turns, team members continually Walk against a disease that never sleeps. The eve- ning mixes celebration with remembrance and courage while enjoying various perfor- mances, treats and games. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with the traditional survivor lap fol- lowing the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. that evening. V Though We speak different languages, have various beliefs, cultures and back- grounds, the unity that we share is crystal clear, Friends and _ family mean everything to us. Cancer is a universal Wedge that tries to split those bonds apart, yet in many cases forges and strengthens new bonds. This holi- day season, be thankful for not only the roof over your head and food at your table, but for the family and friends that you have to share them with. Registration _is currently open and dona- tions have are being collected. By visiting wwvvxelayforlife.org/grandislandny, you can how to donate, sign- up or assist a par- ticipant with their fundraiser efforts. Recently, I searched’ online for aca- demic research to back up the claim people with disabilities experience more loneliness year\-round — not just during the holidays — and actually found too much information to into Go make a holiday friend today. Contact Daniel ]. Vance at dan- z'eljvance.com. (This column is spon- sored by Blue Valley Sad and Palmer Bus Service.) Dislilaalgtch Since 1944 People are Talking... Things are Happening... Last year, I Was honored to serve as the honorary survivor. I have spent my life ing back against a dif disease that at- tempts to break its hosts just as much mental- ly as physically. This November, I celebrated the 20-year anniversary since my last cancer treatment I spoke from my heart at Relay lastwyear when I said that battling cancer is On behalf of the Relay For Life committee, we thank you for your support over the years and look forward to celebrating another suc- cessful Relay on Saturday, May 30. Happy holidays from all of us! V THE ISLAND DISPATCH 1859 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York 14072 ph: (716) 773-7676 fax: 773-7190 I www.wnypapers.com f Casey Dahlstrom Publicity Coordinator Grand_ Island :,Re1ayoFor Life\ ‘;\/Y’) I 1-} :3 .'v P‘

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